Grapeseed Oil ~ 16 oz ~ Sourced from Italy ~
Grapes -- along with their leaves and sap -- have been traditional treatments in Europe for thousands of years. Grape seed extract is derived from the ground-up seeds of red wine grapes. Although fairly new to the U.S., grape seed extract is now used to treat a number of diseases.
There’s strong evidence that grape seed extract is beneficial for a number of cardiovascular conditions. Grape seed extract may help with a type of poor circulation (chronic venous insufficiency) and high cholesterol. Grape seed extract also reduces swelling caused by injury and helps with eye disease related to diabetes.
Many people are interested in grape seed extract because it contains antioxidants. These are substances that protect cells from damage and may help prevent many diseases. However, it’s still too early to say whether the antioxidant properties of grape seed extract really benefit people. Researchers are studying grape seed extract to see if it might lower the risks of some cancers. For now, the evidence is not clear.
Grape seed extract has been studied for use in many other conditions -- ranging from PMS to skin damage to wound healing -- but the results have been inconclusive.
The benefits of Grapeseed Oil are as numerous as they are revered! What is Grapeseed oil though? If you guessed that it comes from grapes then you are correct. The Vitis vinifera, is not only popular of its highly adorned fruit, but also the oil that is obtained from the seed of that fruit. The grape vine comes in almost 10,000 varieties known to man, Vitis vinifera being one of them. This long stemmed, woody vine that is rooted in the soil, called a liana, can grow up to 32 meters in length with up to 8 inch long, broad leaves. The grape is the tree’s fruit, which is considered a berry, and can be is 6 millimeters in diameter on average on smaller vines, which produces dark purple to blackish with a pale wax grapes when ripened. On larger vines, the grapes can grow up to 3 cm long and can be green, red, or purple (black).
Native to the Mediterranean region, grapes are believed to be used since the since the Neolithic period, with domestication occurring sometime between 3500 to 3000 BC, in southwest Asia, South Caucasus (Armenia and Georgia), and the Western Black Sea shore region (Romania and Bulgaria). The Greeks are believed to have introduced grape growing and wine making to Europe during the Minoan age. Grapeseed Oil benefits in modern times have led a high demand for it and it has resulted in many regions cultivating it as a cash crop. Grapeseed Oil uses abound in the personal and industrial product manufacturing, a trend that is continually growing!
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